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Sailor's Bow

Date Posted:21 December 2021 

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These bows are incredibly easy to create and are perfect for beginners. You only need two pieces of fabric and either a plain hair clip, or a hair tie. This tutorial works best with cotton fabric or satin fabric, but can easily be made out of lace, chiffon, silk, velvet or denim. These bows can be attached to dresses or other clothing items if desired. Or, even use them as a gift wrapping decoration!

Machines Used

  • Brother NV50S Sewing Machine

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing scissors
  • Iron + Ironing Board
  • Pins or clips
  • Thread (in your colour choice)
  • Fabric (in your pattern choice)
  • Ruler
  • Washable pen/tailors chalk
  • Hand stitching needle
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Plain metal hair clip

Don't have an overlocker? Use a built-in zig zag stitch on your machine to finish off the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.

Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. Cut 1 rectangle that is 6” wide and 20” long.
  2. Cut 1 rectangle that is 2 ½” wide and 3” long.
  3. Fold your large rectangle in half lengthways, with right sides together.
  4. With your ruler, measure 3” along the top (raw edge) from the left side.
  5. With your washable pen (or tailors chalk) draw a straight line between the 3” mark on the top, and the bottom corner. This should make a triangle shape.
  6. Repeat on the right side.
  7. Measure ½” down from the top edge (raw edge) and mark a straight line from the diagonal lines, all the way across the top of the fabric.
  8. Fold your fabric in half widthways to find the centre point.
  9. Make a 1” mark on either side of the centre point. This will be our turning hole.
  10. Sew a straight line directly over the drawn lines, excluding the 2” gap in the centre.
  11. Trim the seam allowance down to ¼” and clip the corners. Set aside.
  12. Fold your smaller rectangle in half lengthways with right sides together.
  13. Fold one end over ¼” and pin in place.
  14. Sew down the long raw edge with a ½” seam allowance.
  15. Trim the seam allowance down by ¼”.
  16. Turn your tube right side out and press flat with your iron. Do the same for your larger rectangle. Use a chopstick or the end of your scissors to poke the corners sharp.
  17. Press each piece flat with your iron, making sure you tuck in the turning hole on the large rectangle before pressing. Set aside your smaller piece.
  18. With the large rectangle, fold over each pointed end slightly on an angle. You should roughly measure 4” width of fabric at the top.
  19. With your hand stitching needle, sew a long running stitch down the centre of the bow, starting at the top.
  20. Pull your thread tight and loop the excess thread around the middle and tie it tightly to secure the bunching.
  21. Fold your small rectangle around the middle of the bow and hand stitch the raw end down to the back of the bow.
  22. Hand stitch the other end on top of the first end.
  23. Use your hot glue gun to attach the metal clip or slip it underneath the loops.
  24. And you’re done!

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